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Volunteer Opportunities for Teens in OC

May 14, 2017

Summer is a wonderful time for students to volunteer and explore their interests in depth!

Check-out these organizations for some ideas:




Orange County Public Library (various locations)

Volunteer office: 714 556-3070

Minimum age: 15 years old. Volunteers will help younger students and their parents through tutoring and reading skills as well as assist with book shelving and various library activities.


Habitat for Humanity

Minimum age: 18+ to volunteer at the construction build sites, the deconstruction project sites, and in their restore warehouse. 16-17 year old volunteers must have parent/guardian with them the first few times they volunteer. 


Second Harvest Food Bank – Orange County Harvest

No minimum age. Volunteers are needed Monday through Saturday year-round to label, pack, and sort food items in the Food Bank’s warehouse. You may volunteer individually or as a group. Morning and afternoon shifts are available.


Families Forward

8 Thomas, Irvine, CA, 92618
Volunteer Manager, 949 716-2731,,

Minimum age: 10 years old. Volunteers are needed weekly to help with inventorying, shelving, and organizing donated food. Volunteering for special events and special projects are also available.




Alzheimer’s Association Orange County Chapter

770 The City Drive South, Suite 7400, Orange, CA 92868

Jodi Wills, 949 426-8544

Minimum age: varies, Volunteers are required to attend a one-hour volunteer orientation prior to volunteering. Internships are available. Additional training provided for each job. 


American Lung Association Orange County

513 E.1st St. Suite B, Tustin, CA, 92780

Gina Watson-Balamoundo 714 332-3273

Minimum age: 16 years old. Volunteers will help with light office work, mailings. There are special events throughout the year which require volunteers.


Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation

9272 Jeronimo Road, Ste. 122, Irvine, CA 92618 

Volunteer Office: 949 859-6312 

Minimum age: 12 years old, Volunteers will help with packaging and mailing, light office work and with special events throughout the year.


Saddleback Memorial Center

24451 Health Center Drive, Laguna Hills, CA, 92653
Volunteer Office: 949 452-3728

Minimum age: 16 years old. Volunteers will direct visitors, assist in the gift shop, deliver X-rays and specimens, provide wheel chair assistance, etc. Must commit 150-200 hours a year and attend a volunteer orientation 


The Shea Center for Therapeutic Riding

26284 Oso Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA, 92675

Christina Cragun: 949 240-8441

Minimum age: 14 years old. Volunteers will assist with horse lessons, fundraising events, office work, working with guests and visitors. 


Environmental Science


Orange County Great Park - Farm + Food Lab

6990 Marine Way, Irvine, CA, 92618

Hands-on workday the third Sunday of every month. Volunteers will get their hands dirty with various gardening related projects.


Shade Tree Partnership

University of California, Irvine
Volunteer manager: 949 453-5312 

No minimum age. Volunteer will perform nursery tasks, including upsizing seedlings, weeding, pruning and staking. Training will be offered during the event.


Environmental Nature Center

1601 E 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA, 92663

Volunteer office: 949 645-8489

Minimum age: 14 years old. Volunteers will be leaders in training where they will help with nature camps during school breaks, organize the spring fair, assist in keeping up the grounds, do administrative work and prepare programs.


Back to Natives Restoration

600 E Memory Lane, Santa Ana, CA, 92705
Volunteer manager: 949 509-4787

Minimum age: depends on activity. Volunteer opportunities are available year round and volunteers will assist with shoveling, weeding, digging, using a wheelbarrow, and biological monitoring.


Turtle Rock Nature Center

1 Sunnyhill, Irvine, CA, 92603
Volunteer Office, 949 724-6738

Volunteer will help with trail maintenance, non-native plant removal, administrative assistance. 


SHARE Mountain Bike Club
Volunteer Coordinator, 949 636-0345, 

No Minimum Age. Volunteers meet at a specified location and hike or ride to the work site. Volunteers will help with maintaining trails by moving soil to prevent erosion or cutting back brush to keep the trail clear. 




Pretend City

29 Hubble, Irvine, CA, 92618

Volunteer office: 949 428-3900,

Minimum age: 12 years old, Volunteers help support staff with a birthday party, assist with administrative tasks in the office and much more.


Dana Point Coastal Arts
Volunteers manager: 949 542-8361, danapoint_coastalarts@yahoo.ocm

Minimum age: 15 years old, Volunteers will assist artists in hands-on activities for children and families at the Dana Point Arts Festival. 


Laguna Beach Playhouse
606 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Canyon, CA, 92651

Wally Zeigler, 949 342-1785

Minimum age: 14 years old. Volunteers will help with ushering, mailings, education and group projects.


Camino Real Playhouse

31776 El Camino Real, San Juan Capistrano, CA, 92675
Volunteer Office, 949 389-8082

Minimum age: 13 years old, Volunteers will help as ushers, set design, stage production,etc.



Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce

357 Glenneyre St., Laguna Beach, CA, 92651
Hans Scharer,(949) 494-1018,

Minimum age: 16 years old, Volunteers will help with light office work and special events throughout the year, 




Orange County Office of the District Attorney

700 Civic Center Drive West, Santa Ana, CA, 92701
Jose Morfin, 714 347-8415, 

Minimum age: 15 years old. Volunteer opportunities include helping to set up and staff the outreach booth, disseminating resource information, and interacting with the public at cultural festivals.



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